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Ultimate escape: The private islands available to buy now

Ultimate escape: The private islands available to buy now

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Toberua Island, Fiji

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Words by Olivia Michel

Whether it’s a private island owned by a celebrity trying to escape the paparazzi or the retreat of a superyacht owner prized for its deserted anchorages, owning a private island represents the ultimate home-from-home vacation. Click through our edit of the best private islands available to buy now to find your own piece of paradise.

Toberua Island, Fiji

Despite being less than an hour’s drive (and a short boat hop) from Fiji’s capital, Suva, Toberua offers a castaway setting for a boutique resort – and, fortunately for its next owners, most of the work to make it a luxury destination has already been done. The lush, palm-laden island is dotted with 16 traditional bure (wood and straw) huts, decorated with driftwood and tropical prints, and fitted with luxurious outdoor showers. For the ambitious, there is scope for more bures to be built, possibly over the water.

Along with its immaculate accommodation the island has a low-tide golf course, spa, gym, restaurant and bar, and the crystal-clear waters lapping at its beaches are ideal for sailing, watersports or tropical fishing. A small dive shop has been set up on the island to serve snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.

The island’s entire infrastructure was recently renovated and four jetties make it easy to get ashore by tender. For those guests arriving by boat there are multiple superyacht anchorages in the waters around the island. A jewel in the Lomaiviti Islands chain, Toberua offers an exciting project in a picture-perfect but accessible location.

Toberua Island is listed for sale for £4 million with Vladi Private Islands.

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Pym Island, Canada

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British Columbia’s Gulf Islands are known as a hippy haven. American draft evaders settled in the area during the Vietnam War and the archipelago, which separates Vancouver Island from the mainland, still appeals to a bohemian crowd. However, the area is also a boater’s paradise and two-hectare Pym Island is no exception.

With more than 800 metres of ocean frontage the forested island – dotted with Garry oak, fir, cedar and arbutus – offers spectacular views of Mount Baker and the Olympic Mountain range. It already has a boathouse, jetty, deep-water moorage and two boats (a water taxi and a speedboat) which are included in the sale.

Built in 1985, the main house has vaulted ceilings, marble flooring and grand stone fireplaces. The four-bedroom property utilises natural materials throughout, including cedar and oak, and has an indoor pool with a hot tub. There are a further five individual rustic cottages spread across the island which are connected by lamp-lit coastal paths (wide enough for golf carts).

Despite the island’s remote feel it is only 10 minutes by boat to Vancouver Island’s Canoe Cove Marina and about 50 nautical miles to

Vancouver Harbour. The island has full electrical connection to the BC Hydro grid but it can also be self-sufficient as it has a diesel generator, two massive freshwater holding tanks and several outbuildings for vehicles and firewood.

Pym Island is listed for sale with Sotheby's International Realty for CAD$6.8 million.

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Lataro Island, Vanuatu

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Situated off the coast of Espiritu Santo, among Vanuatu’s northern islands, this 324-hectare private idyll lay undisturbed by humans for millennia. The pancake-shaped emerald speck is home to old growth rainforest and surrounded by six kilometres of pristine coral reef. It is thought that only a handful of people have explored the reef, which is teeming with fish and live corals.

Some 90 per cent of Lataro is a conservation reserve and it is one of the last refuges for the endangered coconut crab, the world’s largest land-living arthropod. Owls, eagles and parrots also call the island home. As a result of its eco credentials it has been sensitively developed – virtually all electricity is produced by solar power and rainwater is the main water source.

Accommodation has been constructed over the past three years and includes an owner’s residence, split into four buildings: the Balinese-style housing has a large entertainment and dining area, set around a swimming pool, with a media centre and office. There is also accommodation for up to 18 members of staff.

As well as the diving opportunities, the surrounding waters are excellent for fishing. There are several sheltered moorings for boats up to 18 metres and there is a superyacht anchorage in the opposite bay. A piece of land on adjacent Espiritu Santo is also available as an access point or so visitors can land directly on a grass airstrip.

Lataro is currently under a 75-year lease that lasts until 2082. It is available on a walk-in, walk-out basis during this lease period, including boats, water toys and all furniture and equipment.

Lataro Island is listed for sale for $9,995,000 with Vladi Private Islands.

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